Think about the times and situations that would make a stairlift helpful? Would you benefit from a lift in your home? There are distinct medical conditions that make a stairlift an integral part of everyday life. Here are a few!
Would you benefit from a stairlift in your home? There are many medical conditions where a stairlift may be beneficial and that may facilitate rehabilitation and recovery. If you believe a stairlift would be helpful to you, talk to your doctor about mobility aids and equipment, including stairlifts, today.
Some medical conditions where a stairlift can be beneficial include these:
If you have arthritis, you know the challenges and pain associated with it. Over time, arthritis can impede mobility and cause issues for the rest of your life. Arthritis is not a condition that afflicts only older people- children are also vulnerable.
When you live with arthritis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, going up and down stairs is challenging- and painful. A stairlift can reduce the wear and tear on your joints, which are often the most painful part of arthritis. A stairlift is also a great help when arthritic swelling is limiting your movement on certain days. Since stairlifts are not intrusive on a stairway, you can use the stairs without using your life as you wish without any issue!
Diabetes is one of those medical conditions that come with a wide range of symptoms and side effects. For example, some diabetics have endured amputation of limbs, while others may experience chronic pain issues or nerve pain in their feet and legs.
Additionally, individuals with diabetes may struggle with weight issues. A stairlift helps reduce the risk of a nasty fall which can have devastating consequences for a severe diabetic. If you or someone you care for has diabetes, speak with a physician to learn more about obtaining a referral and recommendation for a stairlift in the home!
Speaking of diabetes, many diabetics also suffer from neuropathy, which is nerve pain that can curb mobility. Some of the potential causes of neuropathic pain include diabetes, but also kidney disease, and alcohol abuse. The result is a pain in the legs that can make it very difficult, often impossible, to climb stairs. A fall is not only a risk with neuropathy but a dangerous possibility that could have debilitating health consequences. Prevent this potential with a stairlift that you use when it is needed, such as days when you experience neuropathy pain.
Stairlifts can also be useful and suited to individuals that have respiratory illnesses or issues, like emphysema or COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Anybody with heart or lung issues may find climbing stairs to be challenging and can leave them out of breath; a stairlift helps! Plus, it makes getting to the second floor of a home a lot easier, which contributes to aging in place and the ability to safely remain in one’s own home. This can be a very comforting prospect for seniors and the elderly.
Muscular diseases, including Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s disease, and Muscular Sclerosis are other conditions that merit the consideration of a stairlift. Since these medical diagnoses impact movement and use of muscles, ascending and descending stairs may be difficult- and dangerous. When diagnosed with these conditions, patients are often referred for an assessment by an occupational therapist who will make recommendations to help make the patient’s life easier. A stairlift is one such adaptive aid that the OT professional may suggest.
More Medical Conditions
This is by no means an exclusive list- there are many other diagnoses and disabilities that would benefit from the improved accessibility that a stairlift provides. Any time that a person climbs a flight of stairs, it puts additional stress on the body’s organs; when you live with a medical issue, like heart, lung, pain, or respiratory problems, it can be risky.
From a broken limb or brain injury to spinal bifida or a serious wound, a stairlift can promote healing while making life a lot easier- and safer- for those that use it. If you believe that you would benefit from a stairlift, the first step is to discuss the option with your medical providers.
Rehabilitation and Recovery
Stairlifts are also perfect for anyone recovering from an illness, injury, or operation, that could use some assistance ascending or descending stairs while they recuperate. Stairlifts in the home make it feasible to recover and rehabilitate from surgeries, like hip replacements, which means they may not need to stay in skilled nursing following medical procedures. This can help many patients recover peacefully in their own homes.
Considering a stairlift? A lift can be life-changing- and there are many other mobility aids and options to consider, too. Talk with a mobility equipment professional at Pacific Mobility to learn more today!
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)